A Letter Communicated from Mr. Thoresby F. R. S. to John Evelyn Esquire, Concerning the Cures Done by Mr. Greatrix the Stroke. Greatrix, M.; Thoresby, M Philosophical Transactions (1683-1775). 1753-01-01. 21:332–334
December 6, 2011 Subject:
Mr. Thoresby is Ralph Thoresby of Leeds. The letter is dated 1699.
There is some question whether Mr. Greatrix (or Greatorex or Greatrakes) the Stroker was a masseur or a faith healer. This letter would seem to indicate that (1) he was indeed a masseur and (2) the "cures" that he effected were understood according to the current understanding of healing.
I will note that Anne Finch, Lady Conway, employed Greatorex to relieve her migraine.